ERIC Number: EJ1078412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Preventing Drug Abuse among Hispanic Adolescents: Developing a Responsive Intervention Approach
Schinke, Steven P.; Schwinn, Traci M.; Hursh, Hilary A.
Research on Social Work Practice, v25 n7 p794-800 Nov 2015
Intervention research is essential to help Hispanic American adolescents avoid drug use. This article describes an intervention research program aimed at preventing drug use among these youths. Grounded in salient epidemiological data, the program is informed by bicultural competence, social learning, and motivational interviewing theories. The program, called Vamos, is aimed at the risk and protective factors as well as the cultural prerogatives that demark the adolescent years of Hispanic American youths. Innovative in its approach, the program is delivered through a smartphone application (app). By interacting with engaging content presented via the app, youths can acquire the cognitive-behavioral skills necessary to avoid risky situations, urges, and pressures associated with early drug use. The intervention development process is presented in detail, and an evaluation plan to determine the program's efficacy is outlined. Lessons for practice and intervention programming are discussed.
Descriptors: Prevention, Drug Abuse, Hispanic Americans, Adolescents, Intervention, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Handheld Devices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: R01DA031477